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Year:  1999   ·  Duration:  4m
Instrumentation:  3*22*2*; 4331; timp., 2 perc., harp; strings | (Perc: bass drum, 3 tom-tom, tam-tam, 2 susp. cymbal, tubular bells)

Year:  1999
Duration:  4m
Instrumentation  3*22*2*; 4331; timp., 2 per...

John Rimmer

Composer:   John Rimmer

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Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Young on 5 May 2006

John Rimmer: Vulcan - AUDIO

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John Rimmer: Vulcan - VIDEO

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New Zealand lies on one of the most volatile regions of the Earth, the so called 'Pacific Ring of Fire'. This fanfare reminds us of the way in which the cultures of the Pacific have been shaped by powerful and often destructive natural forces. Aucklanders in particular see volcanic hills every day and should know that more will appear as they have in the past albeit at several thousand year intervals.

The music of Vulcan is thus explosive in nature. However the musical material goes beyond its volcanic inspiration and enters a sound world of drama and fantasy.

Vulcan was commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and was completed on 5 February 1999, the composer's sixtieth birthday.

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Commissioned by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as part of their Millennium Fanfare Series

Performance history

11 Mar 1999: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Kazafumi Yamashita

21 Sep 2002: Performed by Gothenburg Brass Band conducted by John Rimmer in Gothenburg, Sweden

06 May 2006: Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Young

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